Ph.D (political science), University of Colorado, 2012; J.D., University of Iowa, 2000
After law school I clerked for Justice Jerry L. Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court and then practiced law, including criminal defense and misdemeanor prosecutions, in a small town near Des Moines, Iowa. My academic interests include constitutional rights and criminal procedure, constitutional history, and judicial politics. My Ph.D. dissertation and first book covered the processes by which state supreme courts consider whether to expand state constitutional rights beyond what the U.S. Supreme Court has required under the U.S. Constitution. More recently several members of the CJ faculty here at Weber State and I have published a constitutional law and ethics textbook.
Mark W. Denniston
Science Lab Building, Room 304M
Instructor, Criminal Justice Extension Program Director/ WSU-SLCC Bio
M.C.J (Criminal Justice), Weber State University, 2012; M.P.A (Public Administration), Brigham Young University, 2009; BSc. (Sociology and Political Science), Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, 1998
Areas of Interest: Constitutional Rights, Intelligence and National Security, International Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Community Policing, Criminal Justice Management
Professor Kapenda teaches Constitutional Rights, International Criminal Justice, Intelligence and National Security, Drugs and Crime, Theories of Crime and Delinquency, Victimology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Management, Community Policing.
Jean Kapenda is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Lingala, and Swahili. He has lived and worked extensively in Africa, Europe, South America, and the United States.
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University at Albany, SUNY (1996); J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School (1984)
Areas of Interest: Criminal Courts, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Rights
Before obtaining a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and joining academia, David Lynch began his career by working for several years as a public defender, followed by several more years as an assistant district attorney, in neighboring counties in his home state of Pennsylvania. He is the author or lead co-author of three books, as well as many academic articles, on the subjects of the courts and of the law. He is the recipient of several teaching awards.
Science Lab Building, Room 306M
Ph.D.: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2010
Areas of Interest: Victimology, crime prevention, and policing
Brad Reyns is a criminologist specializing in issues surrounding criminal victimization. He received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 and has been at Weber State University since 2011. His research spans the field of victimology, but has mostly focused on theories of victimization, victim decision making, and the relationship between technology use and victimization.
Ph.D. degree, 1998, Florida Atlantic University, Public Administration; Juris Doctor degree, 1993, University of Utah, Legal Theory; MS, 1993, University of Utah, Public Administration; and B.S., 1990, University of California, Berkeley, Political Science
Areas of Interest: Sociological Jurisprudence, Statistical Theory, Research Methods
Scott R. Senjo was born and grew-up in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed an interest in Law and Justice Studies as a college student at UC Berkeley where he graduated with Honors in 1990. Professor Senjo continued his review of the literature in the philosophy of justice during law school where he was a student of legal scholars such as Fuller, Black, and others and also the sociological jurisprudence theory of Roscoe Pound. Professor Senjo’s Ph.D. dissertation is on the subject of therapeutic jurisprudence, the role of the law as a therapeutic tool, and the implementation of American drug court programs.
Scott R. Senjo
Tracy Hall, Room 311
Ph.D.: Sociology, University of California, Davis. 2013, M.A.: Sociology, University of California, Davis. 2007, B.A.: Sociology with minor in Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder. 2001
Areas of Interest:Policing, community and societal responses to sex offenders, law and society, and social control
Dr. Williams received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis in 2013. Her teaching and research interests focus on sociolegal studies and, in particular, social control. She teaches courses in policing, law and society, sex crimes, and statistics. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine variation in communities’ relationships with law enforcement and their responses to crime. She is currently researching the role of police training in officer decision-making, public opinion on the police in Ogden, and variation in sex offender residence restrictions across states. Dr. Williams is also an active member of the Center for Community Engaged Learning where she serves as a faculty advisor for the Center’s Community Research Team.
Science Lab Building, Room 308M